In This Issue
The Media of Water
AWRA Opens Virtual Exhibit Hall
AWRA Job Awareness Program
Non-AWRA Calls for Abstracts
AWRA Member News
AWRA Annual Conference Preliminary Program Online!
2009 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference Call for Abstracts Online
Water Resources Information
AWRA State Section Activities
The Media of Water:
Stories of general interest about water and water issues in the media.
In addition to posts from several AWRA cognoscenti, you'll find links to other water blogs and water websites.
Surf's up!  NY Times video of surfer/lawyer/activist who shares his approach to preserving coastal resources. 
A collection of articles, videos, and special reports in New Scientist on the creatures and other phenonmenon of the ocean deep.
The Guardian has a new way of looking at a nation's water needs.
National Geographic feature article on the Yellow River in China.  Can it be saved?
Have you seen something in the news that we should share?  Email me the link.
Know someone who needs this information?
Pass it on!
Send to a Colleague
AWRA Opens
Virtual Exhibit Hall
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AWRA Associate Members are featured in AWRA's new Virtual Exhibit Hall. One of the many membership benefits of the new Associate membership category is visible presence on the AWRA website and an extensive listing in the AWRA Virtual Exhibit Hall.   If your company would like to be included in the AWRA Virtual Exhibit Hall, information is here
Visitors can ramble the virtual halls of the exhibit hall without leaving the comfort of your home or office!  Use the alphabetical listing, or do a keyword search to find what you need.
AWRA Job Awareness Program
Where the Water Resources Jobs Are
AWRA Job Board 
If you have a water resources position to fill or if you're in the market for a new position and want a new challenge or opportunity, visit the AWRA Job Awareness Program and get connected!
Post a Job
AWRA Associate Members receive a significant discount on this invaluable service!  
With more than 20,000 hits this month, you can be sure your position is being seen by the right people.
If you have position you'd like to have featured in this column with a link to your posting on the AWRA Job Awareness Program, send me an email.
View Open Positions
A wide variety of disciplines representing open positions in the private sector, governmental agencies, and educational institutions.  If you're a water resources professional looking for a new job, start here.
Available to AWRA Members at no charge!
Calls for Abstracts
Vancouver, BC, Canada
August 10-14, 2009
Submit Abstracts by:
December 1, 2008 
AWRA Member News
Here are a few items of particular interest to AWRA members:
Every three years the World Water Council sponsors an international forum on global water resources issues. AWRA has participated in the last 2 fora will participate again in World Water Forum 5 which will be hosted by the Turkish government in Istanbul, March 16-22, 2009. 
Our role has been enhanced this year. The organizing committee has selected AWRA -- in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and DSI, our Turkish partner -- to coordinate Theme 3: Managing and Protecting Water Resources and their Supply Systems to Meet Human and Environmental Needs.   
Under this theme there are the following topics:
3.1 Basin Management and Transboundary Cooperation
3.2 Ensuring Adequate Water Resources and Storage Infrastructure to meet Agricultural, Energy, and Urban Needs
3.3 Preserving Natural Ecosystems
3.4 Managing and Protecting Surface, Ground, Soil, and Rainwater.  AWRA Board member, Dr. Michael Campana, has been selected to be the co-topic coordinator of Topic 3.4.  
If you would like to be involved the World Water Forum 5, the website is now open to accept session proposals. For consideration, submit a session proposal for consideration by September 30.    


The E-Newsletter of the

American Water Resources Association

Keeping You Connected

August 2008

"I've always thought of the t-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet."
Giorgio Armani
I couldn't agree more!  So, I have a very special offer to make to the nonmember and not-yet-renewed-member factions of loyal readers of Connections.  (If you are already a current member, you can skip ahead to the Annual Conference preliminary program below.)
At this moment in time, AWRA has 1986 Regular members.  That's only 14 shy of 2000!  I know it's just a number, but it's a nice round number and I would really like to hit it.
If you've been thinking about joining, sitting on the sidelines, or planning to join but haven't gotten around to it yet, be one of the next 14 Regular members to join or renew and you'll not only get all the great membership benefits that our members enjoy, you'll also receive an t-shirt embroidered with the AWRA logo! 
Here are your options:
In the "Reason for Joining" section click "Other" and type "t-shirt" and include your size!
In the "Member #" box include the word "t-shirt" and your size after your member number!
(Available sizes include Mens S, M, L, XL
and Women's S, M, L, XL)
Whichever way you join, you'll receive back issues of the publications you missed, plus all the great AWRA member benefits, including a discount on your AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference Registration.
Speaking of the Annual Conference, the Preliminary Program is now online!  All the details are below. 
Enjoy your labor day weekend,
Terry Meyer
P.S.  If you are interested in a National Water Vision and the Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Plan, check out Jane Rowan's blog posting and the several thoughtful comments, then add your own!
Preliminary Program
Now Online!
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Sheraton Hotel  * New Orleans, LA
November 17-20, 2008
Program Information
66 technical sessions and panels. 
Read the abstracts and preview each session.
Keynote Speakers
The people leading the infrastructure rebuilding
effort in New Orleans will address conference attendees in the Opening Plenary.
Overview of the daily conference program.
Plan your conference schedule before you get there!
Overview of the session tracks at the conference. 
Whatever your interests -- We've got you covered!
Pre-Conference Events
(sponsored by Brown & Caldwell)
Special Conference Events
(sponsored by Black & Veatch) 
5K Fun Run
(sponsored by Grounds Anderson) 
(sponsored by Higgins Engineering)
Attend the Conference!
Registration Information
You can take advantage of the t-shirt offer here, too! 
Simply click on the "1/2 Year Member & Registration" and put "t-shirt" and your size in the "Information Source" section.
Exhibit Information

AWRA's Annual Water Resources Conference provides a multidisciplinary outlet for any subject related to water resources research, education, and management and, thus, is a forum for all participants in the water resources community. 

Attendees will enjoy opportunities for conversations about the many multidisciplinary aspects of water resources, and make connections that will improve their understanding of the complex water issues of importance not only to the southeastern United States but also to the nation and the world.

AWRA International Affairs Technical Committee
Launches Effort to Get Science to Developing Nations
The AWRA International Affairs Committee (IAC) is launching an effort to get good science into the hands of professors, students, and government workers in developing nations who struggle with water related issues. Information will be available at the Registration Desk at the Annual Conference, or you can contact Don Young if you have materials you'd like to donate, or if you'd like to make a contribution to support the shipping costs. 

Join us in New Orleans for
Community, Conversation,Connections

Call for Abstracts Now Open!
Submit by December 5, 2008 
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2009 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference
Anchorage Marriott Downtown  *  Anchorage, AK
May 4-6, 2009
AWRA has been a leader in the national dialogue on many aspects of climate change and water resources. The U.S. National Assessment on the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change took place in the late 1990's with significant contributions by AWRA and its membership. In 1999, AWRA's Spring Specialty Conference on Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change to Water Resources of the United States was followed by the publication of more than 30 articles in JAWRA.

What has transpired in the 10 years since the
1999 AWRA conference?
How have the predictions and concerns presented in the assessment of these issues developed?
We invite you to submit an abstract 
and plan to attend.
We will have a full agenda covering water resources issues from around the country set in the backdrop of America's frontier, Alaska, during its fiftieth year since statehood. Meeting topics include meeting future water-supply needs, drought and flood co-management, ecosystem impacts, and water-management challenges. Additionally, since the Arctic is a place where change is expected to occur sooner and with greater effect, Alaska will be an ideal place to examine the many changes that are happening locally and effects on meeting the young state's development interests and the nation's energy needs.  
Water Resources Information
Loic Fauchon, President of the World Water Council prepared an article entitled, "Joining Forces for Water," that was released in this year's G8 Summit official publication.  The entire official publication is available for download at the link.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service is undertaking research on how satisfied users are and invite you to participate in a survey of its services.  NWS seeks to improve its flood and water forecast information services such as flash flood and river flood warnings, watches, and statements; recreational and water supply forecasts; precipitation analysis information as well as general river level information.  You can give your feedback at the link.
CWP Releases Stormwater Monitoring Guidance
The Center for Watershed Protection recently released "Monitoring to Demonstrate Environmental Results:  Guidance to Develop Local Stormwater Monitoring Studies Uising Six Example Study Guides."  The title says it all, and it's available for download at the link.
The US Forest Services three western research stations have launched a new online reference site for resource managers and decisionmakers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and project implementation in the West.  The Climate Change Resource Center is a site that connects climate change information generated by the US Forest Service and those who need it.
AWRA State Section Activities
25th Annual Meeting of the Montana Section of AWRA
Big Sky Resort * Big Sky, MT
October 2-3, 2008
"Stormwater as a Resource"
Morristown, NJ
September 22, 2008
Neshanic Valley Golf  Course
September 26, 2008
Duke Farms  *  Hillsborough, NJ
October 20-24, 2008
Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Seattle, WA
October 23, 2008


Other Water Resources Conferences
San Diego, CA
 September 2-5, 2008
Portland-Lloyd Center, Portland, OR
September 15-19, 2008 
Madrid, Spain
September 15-19, 2008
Cincinnati, OH
September 20-24, 2008
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

September 21-24, 2008

San Antonio, TX
October 7-9, 2008

Las Vegas, NV

October 8-10, 2008


Fourth National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration

Rhode Island Convention Center * Providence, RI

October 11-15, 2008


International Conference on Nonrenewable Ground Water Resources

Portland, OR

October 13-14, 2008

Coastal Georgia Center  * Savannah, GA
October 14-16, 2008
Third Passaic River Symposium
Montclair State Univ., NJ
October 17-18, 2008

2008 AIH Annual Meeting & International Conference

Houston, TX

October 19-21, 2008

UNC- Chapel Hill, NC
November 5-6, 2008  
Astor Crowne Plaza  *  New Orleans, LA
November 16-20, 2008 
Desert Hot Springs, CA
November 18-20, 2008
Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront Hotel  *  Melbourne, FL
December 8-9, 2008
AIT Conference Center  *  Bangkok, Thailand
January 5-7, 2009
Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting
Radisson Fort Worth Fossil Creek Hotel * Fort Worth, TX
January 27-31, 2009
Marriott Pyramid Hotel  *  Albuquerque, NM
February 26-27, 2009
International Conference on Implementing Environmental Water Allocations
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
February 23-28, 2009
San Diego, CA
March 9-12, 2009 

Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Centre  *  Istanbul, Turkey

March 16-22, 2009

Wasser Berlin Exhibition * Berlin, Germany
March 30 - April 1, 2009
Newport Beach, CA
March 30-April 2, 2009
8th Conference and Exposition of the National Hydrologic Warning Council
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa  *  Vail, CO
May 18-21, 2009 
Reykjavik, Iceland 
June 23-26, 2009
Manila, Philippines
November 23-27, 2009


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